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Boris Johnson bans UK ministers from elite Davos summit

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Boris Johnson bans UK ministers from elite Davos summit

‘Champagne with billionaires,’ should not be the focus for members of the government, said a Downing Street official.

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12/17/19, 7:20 PM CET

Updated 12/17/19, 7:25 PM CET

LONDON — Boris Johnson banned ministers from attending the World Economic Forum at Davos in January next year.

A Downing Street official said the U.K. prime minister did not want members of his government attending the annual get-together frequented by the global elite.

The meeting, held in the exclusive Swiss Alps resort each year, includes around 3,000 international political leaders, business figures, economists and celebrities.

Members of the U.K. government usually attend, but will not in 2020. The official said: “Our focus is on delivering for the people, not Champagne with billionaires.”

The World Economic Forum is due to run from 21 to 24 January. The U.K.’s departure date from the EU is January 31.

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